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Grace Île 25 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company

(70cl, 48%)

Grace Île 25 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company

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Grace Île 25 Year Old Bottling Note

Grace Île from The Character of Islay Whisky Company is a 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky distilled on Islay - though the distillery responsible for this stunning expression remains a mystery. Its quarter-century of maturation has allowed the whisky's flavour profile ample time to develop, to grow deeper and richer, but never losing its vibrancy, nor its coastal complexities.

The name also holds a secret... Say "Grace Île" out loud, and you might find yourself saying a name of a cheeky creature often seen poking its head out of the water on the shores of Islay. Go on, try it. If someone hears you, just pretend like you were checking their secret agent codename and tell them "The Hungry Mouse is in the cutlery drawer", then walk away briskly.

Tasting Note by The Producer

Nose: Sea spray, malty maturity, hints of rubber with smouldering ash. Slight shellfish sweetness among wild heather and oily oak. Browning apples, nectarines and lemon vanilla, butterscotch, crisp bacon and jasmine tea.

Palate: Over a note of firewood there’s chewy vanilla toffees, apricot jam, juicy wood spices and a little dried barley. Elements of sour citrus and maritime salinity percolate among these flavours, while smoked almonds and grass clippings reside pleasantly underneath.

Finish: Swirling complexity, the finish leaves a juicy impression, an almost agricole-esque note which rises through the sweet smoke.

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Grace Île 25 Year Old - The Character of Islay Whisky Company Reviews

Beautiful!

Coastal waves, bonfire ashes, a slight touch of tar, spiced spare ribs and smouldering wood, seaweed, top Islay aroma’s be it way more refined compared to younger drams of let’s say 10 to 15 year old. Heathery honey, red apple, vanilla, caramel, a handful of nuts … Peated sweet malts once again, not as dominant or fierce as often but forming a distinct whirling through layer.

Living up to expectations on the palate, more cereals than peat and smoke up front now though, both orchard as well as a slightly exotic fruitiness balance the sweetness. Flings of oak spice, completely incomparable to younger Islay style drams, maturity speaks here, not in tempering the typical flavors but in turning them more sophisticated.

I particularly love the finish: just when you think it gracefully 'faded away' it returns with spiciness lingering on.

If young Islay whisky is ‘good’, this is taking it to a new definition of the word ‘exquisite’. Beautifully balanced, rich variety, deep complexity, there’s no way not loving this if you love Islay whisky …

9th July 2020

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